FRESH graduates in the healthcare sector are advised to maintain a higher level of professionalism when carrying out their duties.
Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam said it is important to smile, be polite and caring, when treating patients at all times even when facing difficult situations.
He said in this era of social media, it is impossible to hide anything or any poor behaviour.
Subramaniam said he receives many complaints about the attitude of the healthcare personnel and warned them to be careful with their attitude at work.
“For instance, while there are lots of patients waiting to seek treatment, people have seen nurses sending SMSes or constantly on their phones.
“This attitude is definitely not acceptable because once someone has recorded your act on the phone, it will spread to the whole world,” he said during his speech at the graduation ceremony of the ministry’s training institution held at the Sultan Azlan Shah Allied Health Sciences College in Ulu Kinta last week.
Subramaniam said anyone getting involved in the healthcare profession must accept that the job comes with a lot of responsibilities.
He said, however, it is a noble profession and the community has high respect for the healthcare providers.
He said it is important to have the right attitude at work and at the same time, they should carry out their work professionally.
“The process to gain knowledge does not end on the day you graduate. In fact, it starts on your graduation day, as we need to enhance our skills and expertise, and widen our knowledge daily.
“A time will come when we need to put our thinking cap on, and we need to make decisions almost immediately because it involves a matter of life and death,” he added.
Subramaniam told those graduating that they are the chosen ones as they received scholarships and, training, and have a career guaranteed.
He told them to compare themselves with their friends who were doing similar courses at private institutions, and paying up to RM60,000 for a course in nursing.
“They are not guaranteed a job after graduating. And some end up becoming cashiers or doing other jobs.
“So appreciate what the government is doing in providing education and job opportunities,” he added.